HYDEN BLOG: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from UFC 294

UFC 294 was this past weekend and featured some huge fights and a huge
finish to the title fight. Who won and who lost? Let’s get to the

UFC 294
GOOD- Said Nurmagomedov submits Muin Gafurov
Nurmagomedov with an early head kick that causes Gafurov to rush in with some strike attempts. However, Nurmagomedov grabs a ninja choke
and gets the submission seventy-three seconds into the first round. Nurmagomedov improves to 18-3 while Gafurov drops to 18-6. Good win for Nurmagomedov.

GOOD- Ikram Aliskerov stops Warlley Alves
They both start with kicks until Aliskerov starts mixing in some
punches as well. Aliskerov nails Alves with a flying knee and follows that up with punches to force the referee to jump in to stop the fight a little over two minutes into the first round. Aliskerov improves to15-1 and has won 7 straight fights while Alves drops to 14-7 and has lost 3 straight fights. Good win for Aliskerov.

UGLY- Magomed Ankalaev vs. Johnny Walker ends in a No Contest
Both are landing some nice strikes early until Ankalaev gets a
takedown. As Walker starts to get up, Ankalaev smashes him with an illegal knee to the chin. Walker seems ready to continue but the doctor says he can’t continue and waves the fight off. Walker is upset and there’s arguing and chaos in the cage before things are settled down and the fight is ruled a No Contest. There’s all kinds of talk
about what Walker said and what the doctor heard. Regardless, the fight’s over. That sucks. Ankalaev is now 17-1-1 with 1 No Contest while Walker is 21-7 with 1 No Contest. Yuck.

GOOD- Kamaru Usman vs. Khamzat Chimaev
Chimaev shoots in for an early takedown and gets it after working hard
for it. Chimaev does a little ground-and-pound for a while until Usman stands. Chimaev stays connected somehow even after being slammed to the mat and alternates between landing some punches and going for the
choke until the first round ends. The second round begins with some extremely slow feinting and striking. Chimaev gets a takedown and that’s it for this dull second round. The third round starts with some
striking. Chimaev is also shooting in a few times for a takedown but can’t get them. Chimaev finally gets a takedown but doesn’t do much
with it and after a while Usman stands and they trade punches until the third round and fight are over. Thankfully this was only three rounds as I have no interest in seeing two more rounds of this. We go to the judges to render their verdict and Chimaev wins the Majority Decision. The scorecards were all over the place.
Judge Derek Cleary gave Chimaev Rounds 1 and 3 and Usman Round 2, Judge David Lethaby gave Chimaev Round 1 and Usman Rounds 2 and 3 and Judge Vito Paolillo gave Chimaev Rounds 1 and 2 and Usman Round 3. The
only round they agreed on was Round 1, 10-8 for Chimaev.
Anyway, Chimaev remains undefeated at a perfect 13-0 while Usman drops
to 20-4 and has technically lost 3 straight fights, though the 2
losses before this were to UFC Welterweight Champion Leon Edwards
(21-3, 1 No Contest). Good win for Chimaev.

GOOD- Islam Makhachev stops Alexander Volkanovski
Makhachev successfully defended his UFC Lightweight Championship here.
They’re trading kicks early. Makhachev shoots and they fight on the fence. Makhachev slams Volkanovski with knees to the body. More kicks from Makhachev, including a head kick that drops Volkanovski.
Makhachev swarms and pounds him out until the referee has to jump in to stop the fight a little over three minutes into the first round. Wow, that’s nuts. Makhachev looks unstoppable right now. Makhachev improves to 25-1 and has won 13 straight fights while Volkanovski drops to 26-3 and of course remains the UFC Featherweight Champion. Good win for Makhachev.

UGLY- Cageside Doctor
During the prelims there was a fight between Javid Basharat (14-0, 1
No Contest) and Victor Henry (23-6, 1 No Contest) that ended in a No Contest in the second round due to a low blow from Basharat. Henry was unable to continue and was in immense pain. He clearly got hit low and it crumpled him. However, for whatever reason, the doctor at cageside tried to tell him that he didn’t get hit down low. That’s absolutely absurd and the doctor should be removed from this position. This doctor basically accused Henry of faking it. Hell, there were people online doing the same thing. It seemed pretty obvious that Henry was in extreme pain. Henry went to the hospital after vomiting backstage but hopefully things are okay now. We’re wishing him the best.

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